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Mourinho happy to be back

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists he has enjoyed his return to the Premier League, despite being fined twice by the Football Association in recent weeks.

The Blues can still finish second in the table if they win in Cardiff and other results go their way on Sunday in the Portuguese coach's first season back in charge at Stamford Bridge.

However, Mourinho hinted he still harboured some resentment over his 8,000 FA fine after being sent off for pitch encroachment during a defeat at Aston Villa as well as the 10,000 penalty incurred for 'congratulating' referee Mike Dean for his performance in the visit of Sunderland.

He said: "Obviously I have enjoyed most of the things that have happened. I don't enjoy defeats but I have to say, for example, to lose at Crystal Palace is English football.

"To lose at Newcastle in spite of having a good first half, that's football, that's English football.

"But to lose like we did against Sunderland or against Aston Villa is not English football and I like English football, I don't like what isn't English football.

"What happens, happens. The past is not the best way to prepare for the future. I want to prepare for the future I don't want to stay forever with what happened this season."

Mourinho was also fined 8,000 after being dismissed during Chelsea's 4-1 home win over Cardiff in October but he strangely described the defeat to Sunderland as the "highlight" of his first season back since leaving in 2008.

He chose the penalty awarded by ref Dean, and converted by Fabio Borini to earn the Black Cats a 2-1 win on April 19 and end Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home league run, as his favourite moment in the campaign.

"This season I lost a match at Stamford Bridge for the first time," Mourinho said. "I lost with the second goal (against Sunderland) and for me that's the highlight."

Mourinho was unable to provide an update on the futures of captain John Terry, record goalscorer Frank Lampard and left-back Ashley Cole.

Asked if Sunday's match at Cardiff would be the trio's final games for Chelsea, Mourinho said: "I don't know. But I don't think so. The club knows my opinion. The players know my opinion too."

It is possible Lampard, who is 36 in June, may have played his final match for Chelsea already.

"Frank Lampard is ill, he is in bed," Mourinho said. "Maybe in a few years he will have a statue where Peter Osgood is. He's one of the biggest players in the history of this club."